Football Federation Australia, the sport’s governing body in the country, has extended its partnership with financial services group National Australia Bank.
The company has been named the official banking partner of the FFA for the next four years until the end of 2019. According to the Australian Financial Review newspaper, the deal will net the body A$2m (€1.3m/$1.4m) a year.
As part of the agreement, NAB will be granted commercial rights to Australia’s A-League and W-League domestic competitions, the men’s and women’s national teams, the FFA Cup knockout tournament and the MyFootballClub and MiniRoos programmes, which aim to increase participation in the sport in the country across all age groups.
The NAB Youth Footballer of the Year Award, which is currently exclusive to the men’s A-League, will also extend to the women’s W-League.
FFA chief executive David Gallop said: “NAB has been a fantastic partner of FFA for 10 years but this signals a significant lift in investment and a strong endorsement from one of Australia’s most respected corporations for the plans FFA has for football in Australia.”